More Canvas Experimentation

Hello there!

Today I've got another canvas to share.  It started life as a Windsor and Newton canvas board that had been relinquished to the cellar, and some random scraps of paper from my scrap drawer.

To start off, I covered the whole thing in a layer of Gesso.  I then pasted random pieces of patterned paper all over the board, and filled the gaps with some old book pages.  To soften the edges down I then dry brushed some Gesso over the joins and edges.

Then, using ultra thick Gesso (and it is REALLY thick), and a stencil, I stencilled a textured damask design in white over the entire canvas.

The heart design was constructed using lots of different designs of washi tape which I attached to a cardboard heart, and then adhered to the board.  I also dry brushed this with Gesso, and used my Silky water soluble crayons to add a black shadow around the heart and edge of the board, blended in with my finger.

All that was left then was to adhere some embellishments, lace, and chipboard flourish (from Scrapfellows, who make THE best chipboard shapes) in the corner.  I first coloured the flourish using Spectrum Noir markers and then adhered it to the board.

Well, that's it!

I am also entering this into the 'Mixed Media Place' Courage Challenge - it takes a lot of courage to try new things!

I hope you like.

Katie xx

Spotlight On: Crafter's Companion's 'Makey Bakey Mice'

Good Morning

Today's post is based on the awesome 'Makey Bakey Mice' range from Crafter's Companion.  You can buy the stamps HERE.

In my continued mission to do something a bit 'different', in these cards I have tried to make the focus all about the images.  The images are fantastic so they really don't need much to look good - and I've really concentrated on simplifying the entire process, to let the image speak for itself and give a much fresher, cleaner look.

If I could figure out how to thread my sewing machine I may have stitched some of these layers together.  Who am I kidding, I would also need to work out how to USE the thing, let alone just thread it.  Ok,.... so maybe I am just dreaming....

On this one I've paper pieced the flowers to give more interest to the image...

All the images are coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers.

Anyway that's it for today, now it's time for some porridge...

Katie xx

Spotlight On : Oxford Impressions 'Bonbon' - CHOCOLATE!


Another 'spotlight' post today: this time from the Oxford Impressions 'Bonbon' collection.  My mother will testify to the fact that I have owned this set for a VERY long time and never used them, so the time had definitely come.

First up some more CAS cards, all images are coloured with Spectrum Noirs which you can purchase HERE.

 This one was more of a joke ... sending a 'love' card to chocolate would be the type of thing that I would do......

Check it out... it's the angel... OF CHOCOLATE...

Here I've mixed it up a bit and had a play with my Luminarte Radiant Rain sprays.  They give a lovely shimmer to the background.  I've also added some Glossy Accents to the heart.

This next one was made up of the scraps and leftover stamped images left on my desk... I think the heart makes a very cute balloon!  But don't go drifting away there, Mr Chocolate Angel, I need you in my life....

And finally another one where I used some red Glimmer Mist for the background, and LOTS of Glossy Accents on the heart.  They really POP out of the background.

I think my next 'Spotlight' is going to feature some very cute little mice.... watch this space!


Spotlight On: Hero Arts 'Sew Artsy'

As part of my mission to get more use out of the products that I already own (instead of doing the standard Katie thing and just buying more..), I decided to take one stamp set out at a time, and have a good old play.  
First up, a series of cards using the 'Sew Artsy' line, from Hero Arts.  I'm trying to go for a more 'clean' look... let's face it, too much matting and layering and too many flowers is SO last year..... ;-)

I love this set!


'Home Sweet Home' Canvas

Good Morning all,

I've been doing quite a lot of experimenting behind the scenes recently, and have finally found the opportunity to get some work photographed, which I will try and upload over the next few days.

First up a canvas, using papers from WRMK, stamps from the Artistic Stamper, chipboard shapes from Scrapfellows and lots of other different  mixed media.  The colours are a bit bright for me, but hey, you can't always work with pink!

More to come later!

Katie xoxo

Zatchels - A Review

Hello all!

Well, I know this is normally a 'craft' blog, but as far as I am concerned, all crafters love beautiful things... And this post is definitely about beautiful things!

Unless you have been living under a very sad, dark rock, you will have probably noticed the satchel phenomenon spreading across the UK.  There are three main brands in the running, as far as I'm concerned: Zatchels, The Cambridge Satchel Company, and the Leather Satchel Company.

I bought two satchels from Zatchels during their Birthday Sale.  Firstly, I was very disappointed in the general public during the sale, as the amount of grief that Zatchels received via social networks was unreal.  They offered an amazing discount, and had an unprecedented demand, so the fact that people were complaining so bitterly was ridiculous.  They were doing their best and replying to everybody as soon as they could!  I personally sat and patiently waited for my delivery, and I was happy to wait!

Anyway, this is now about 4 months ago.  I wanted to give the satchels a really proper roadtest before I reviewed them, to see how they held up.  

As I am now living in mainland Europe, I have taken the satchels on a Europe tour to spread the love (and broaden their horizons, of course).  These beauties have toured the UK, Germany, Austria and Italy.  

So: about the bags.  I ordered the 11.5" satchel from the Pastel Collection in pink, and the 14.5" satchel from the Harmony Collection, in cream and chestnut. They are both absolutely fabulous!

In this post I am going to concentrate on my little pink baby.  In this size I can fit a large purse, some very large sunglasses, my phone, a lip gloss, and at a push, my Kindle.  The workmanship is faultless, and I personally prefer having the contrast stitching on the flap as well as on the body of the satchel (which is unlike other brands).  The leather is good quality and hard wearing.

After 4 months, there is minimal wear, apart from slight cracking of the leather on the buckles, which is completely normal, and in my opinion, quite desirable!  This bag has also spent a lot of time in very bright sunlight, and there is no alteration of colour in the leather.  To be honest, it still looks new!

Here she is enjoying the evening sun at Barga, Province de Lucca, Tuscany, Italy....

 And here she is at Mainau, the 'flower island' on Lake Constance....

And here is a sneak peek of my other satchel, taken at San Gimignano, Italy....

So my final conclusion is: best bags ever, just buy them!!!!

Katie xx

International Swap

Good afternoon,

I have finally managed to hack my way back into my blogger account, after a lot of frustration and wanting to throw my laptop out of the window (and, as we are on the third floor, this would not have had a happy ending).

I decided (or, was coerced), into participating in an International Swap this month, and this is what I have just posted out to my swap partner.

I decided to make a set of three in co-ordinating designer paper from My Mind's Eye, and used stamps from Hero Arts and My Mind's Eye to put the cards together.

My style is definitely heading more towards the clean and simple, as I am fed up of trying to ram cards in envelopes with embellishments that just don't fit!

Bye for now,


Paperplay Challenges - 'Thanks A Bunch'

Hello all,

I have scheduled this post so I hope it posts successfully and on time!

Our theme this week on Paperplay is 'Thanks a Bunch' - this was about as close as I could get with my stash for this!  I have used some really old Papermania papers (Rose Garden I think), and part of my extensive collection of washi tape, along with an old LOTV stamp and a random sentiment that I stole from my Mum.  The image is coloured with Spectrum Noirs - don't ask me what colours as I have no idea and layered them over and over until I was happy with the shade of pink on her skirt!

That's all from me!

PaperPlay Challenges - 'Shine On'

Hello all
Rumour has it that I am starting to do a bit of DT work once more, I figured it was about time!  I decided to start off with my good friends at PaperPlay Challenges again, and this is my first project since being back with them.
The challenge for this week is 'Shine On' - should be an easy one for all you glitter and Glossy Accents fans!  I decided to interpret it a bit more literally and went for a ridiculously bright sunshine themed mini album.  The papers are again the We R Memory Keepers '72 and Sunny' collection.  The inside pages are also embellished but it was too difficult to photograph!  I thought I would never find a use for bright orange lace when I bought it, but it looks like I finally found one!

Make sure you come and play along with us!
Katie xxx

Butterfly Trinket Box...

I absolutely love making these little trinket boxes - I learnt the technique at a class that was held at  work.  The inner box is made using one piece of 12x12 paper and an origami folding technique.  For the outer box, I smiled sweetly at a member of our framing department, and got them to cut down some of their scrap hardboard to the right size.  I joined them all together with framing tape, which gives the lid it's flexibility, but is strong at the same time.
I finally cut into my DCWV Marisposa stack - it's hard to take the scissors to it, but what's the point in owning all this stuff if it's too 'nice' to use?  I finished it off with some WOC flowers.

I'm also entering this one into the Wild Orchid Crafts challenge - Anything goes.
Katie xxx